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Shepherd's Hut

Winterborne Whitechurch near Milborne St Andrew, Dorset (Ref. 5188)



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  • Sleeps 6

  • Bedrooms 3

  • Bathrooms 2

  • Pets Yes

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  • Electric car charging
  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Broadband / WiFi

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51 Customer Reviews

  • "This beautiful upside down barn conversion has stunning views and lovely walks from the door."

    It is very well equipped, clean and with comfy beds. The farm is very well managed ...a safe and attractive natural environment. People have commented upon the heat upstairs but this is easily managed by drawing the big blinds until mid morning and opening windows when you're in. This is a good choice for an away from it all, peaceful break, but equally good to explore via Dorchester and the A35. A lovely holiday...thank you.

    Reviewed by MarilynMay 2022

  • "Great property, fabulous location."

    This was our 3rd visit and would definitely go back.

    Reviewed by JulieMar 2022

  • "Beautiful property so clean, very comfortable beds lots of extras eg."

    Games, jigsaws DVDs, loved the upside down living space to take in the stunning views. Well equipped kitchen. Would definitely stay here again

    Reviewed by PennyJan 2022

  • "We had a wonderful Xmas at shepherds hut."

    Everything we needed was there. Felt very comfy and homely. Leanne was so friendly. Top marks to the cleaner, Everything was super clean. Enjoyed it so much we have already booked for Xmas this year!!!!!

    Reviewed by MalcolmDec 2021

  • "2nd time here & excellent again!"

    Cosy, comfortable and well equipped. The garden is great for the dogs with lovely walks around the farm land. Also well situated to explore South Dorset.

    Reviewed by GregDec 2021

  • "Wonderful stay in a wonderful location."

    House considerably better equipped than others we have stayed at, beautiful place, very clean and all instructions accurate and easy to follow. Will definitely return.

    Reviewed by JoNov 2021

  • "We had a fantastic week."

    Perfect barn. Spotlessly clean everything you could want for. comfortable beds and sofa.wonderful views. Close to so many places. Would highly recommend. Thank you so much for an excellent week.

    Reviewed by AngieNov 2021

  • "One of the best holiday properties we have stayed in."

    Quiet, very clean, comfortable and equipped with everything you need. There was so much to do and see in the surrounding area. Would highly recommend, have done so, other family members have booked for 2022 already! Many thanks for our stay.

    Reviewed by Sarah LouiseOct 2021

  • "Wonderful place to stay on the farm, lovely location and spacious accommodation, will definitely return again."

    Reviewed by TimOct 2021

  • "The cottage itself and location were spot on and the cleanliness was good."

    Just a couple of points I think other visitors should be aware of. Firstly on a couple of mornings I was woken from a barking dog coming from the employee static caravans. Secondly there were several giant house spiders within the property. This may not affect everyone but we felt uneasy.

    Thank you for your feedback and we're glad you liked our cottage. We've recently let a local resident who was struggling to manage his rent elsewhere, due to the pandemic, use one of the static homes on the otherside of the field. He is only there a couple of nights a week, but we will monitor for dog barking in the light of your comments. Re the "giant house spiders" we wonder if these could have been "Daddy Long Legs" (apparently not spiders zoologically) as we've had a few of these in our own house recently. We're sorry you were bothered by them and understand they can seem rather large. Fortunately they're normally only around for a few days at the end of the summer and apart from their appearance don't cause any other problems. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DouglasSep 2021

  • "Immaculately clean and tidy."

    Plenty of towels and comfortable beds. Heated towel rail was much appreciated. Lovely position for exploring that part of Dorset.

    Reviewed by ChrisSep 2021

  • "The whole family love Shepherd’s Hut - our second stay."

    Great base to explore Dorset. Looking forward to staying again hopefully next year.

    Reviewed by SteveAug 2021

  • "A wonderful setting and super place with entertainment from the Lambs, Buzzards, Owls, and even the flock of Yellowhammers all watched through full length picture windows."

    Super cottages in super setting with excellent walking without having to use the car. Would rate the cottage and the place all 11 out of 10

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2021

  • "We had a lovely break at the Shepherd's Hut."

    The setting is beautiful and the house is really comfortable and much larger than expected. All the kitchen tools were available, as well as staples like salt, pepper, oil, tea, coffee, milk, etc which makes like and packing easier. We made full use of the wood burner which made everything very cosy. Only tip is for navigation...if using google maps turn on satellite view and drop a pin or us what three words. Just make sure that the route ends with the instructions provided as there are some roads to avoid. It means we found it easily in the dark, which could have been tricky otherwise.

    Reviewed by KarenDec 2020

  • "Third visit."

    Wonderful experience as always.

    Reviewed by RosemarieOct 2020

  • "A lovely cottage in wonderful scenery."

    Very comfortable, and well equipped with everything you could need for a self catering holiday. Scenic views from the upstairs living room, enjoyed watching the sheep , and the farming activity. We will certainly be back.

    Reviewed by JeanetteSep 2020

  • "Just home after a lovely week at Shepherds Hut, to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary with some family."

    The countryside around was just so lovely, quiet, and relaxing, watching the sheep all around the property. Everything there exceeded our expectations, all you could ever need was there, its just so peaceful, and we all loved the choice we made for our special time together.

    Reviewed by RogerSep 2020

  • "On arrival the property was immaculately presented."

    It was extremely well equipped and the quality of the furnishings and equipment was high. Would definitely recommend to friends and family. An amazing cottage.

    Reviewed by AlanAug 2020

  • "Perfect countryside views, very clean and comfortable and a lovely stay on a working farm."

    The hosts respected our space but reacted quickly when we reported a problem with the internet which was repaired next day. A good area for day trips and walking and bird watching.

    Reviewed by KennethAug 2020

  • "Lovely quiet place to stay, a bit like the tardis , much bigger on the inside than it looked from outside."

    The local pub had delicious food and a good place to stay for for exploring the area, would definitely consider staying there again.

    Reviewed by JaneAug 2020

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Shepherd's Hut."

    The only improvements we could suggest would for a large ceiling fan upstairs as it gets quite warm and also possibly some netting around the Velux windows to keep out insects. Other than that we loved it and are looking forward to returning next year!

    Reviewed by SteveJul 2020

  • "Shepherd's Hut was just perfect."

    Standing alone in the middle of a working farm surrounded by fields and some sheep. It was idealistic! The barn had beautiful uninterrupted views from all angles. It was pristine clean and had everything we needed from pegs for the washing line to a hairdryer and kitchen products and utensils we needed daily. The garden was gated and the upstairs had a stair gate which meant it was incredibly safe for our young children too. I could not recommend it enough. Beaches and most tourist attractions were about 30 minutes drive away. We wish we could have stayed longer!

    Reviewed by JoannaJul 2020

  • "Amazing barn, fantastically clean and tidy."

    Super location and a great relaxing break. I could go on and on it was fab.

    Reviewed by DonnaMar 2020

  • "Very enjoyable Christmas holiday at Shepherds Hut and was exactly what we needed as a family."

    Must remember to take a hairdryer though if we go again!

    Reviewed by ClareDec 2019

  • "Absolutely fabulous weekend away in a spotless cottage with everything we needed."

    Very well organised with all of the utensils, facilities and kitchen equipment to easily make breakfast for everyone without any trouble. Our only minor feedback is that the road sign is hard to find at night and would benefit from a light - we drove past it a few times without realising or even seeing it! More signage on the farm track would also be beneficial. Perhaps too much of a hidden gem!

    Reviewed by AdamNov 2019

  • "What an absolute gem this property was."

    Found on a search it’s pictures didn’t do it justice. Very well equipped with all the instructions plus loads of information about what’s on locally. Fabulous. Will definitely be recommending it.

    Reviewed by NancyOct 2019

  • "Best cottage holiday we have booked so far."

    Far better than pictures. Very well equipped in the kitchen. Came home feeling thoroughly relaxed and happy. Perfect location for countryside views and walks.

    Reviewed by MichelleOct 2019

  • "Would highly recommend The Shepherd;s Hut."

    Location good base for all Dorset has to offer, in a lovely rural position. Great to see the farm animals and the daily running of the farm. Flies were a pest, but not unexpected, as part and parcel of staying on a farm. Everything you could possibly need was provided at The Hut with the little extra touches of a cake and some milk, which was very much appreciated. Had a problem with the electric kettle and this was replaced immediately. Great place to stay with dogs and children.

    Reviewed by SpencerSep 2019

  • "The Shepherd's Hut was really lovely."

    It's set in beautiful countryside on a peaceful farm. There's walks all around the farm as well as lots to do in the local area. The house itself was spacious, well equipped and immaculately kept.

    Reviewed by AndreaAug 2019

  • "Amazing place-much bigger than it looks on photos and in such a peaceful, beautiful setting."

    Host was extremely friendly and helpful and lgreat location for getting to tourist places. We would love to stay again

    Reviewed by AndrewApr 2019

  • "Good location for walking."

    Lovely and warm and clean.Great accommodation.

    Reviewed by KayFeb 2019

  • "Now booked 7th visit to this property so that speaks for itself."

    5 Star quality for a self catering accommodation.

    Reviewed by SandraNov 2018

  • "No, it was all good."

    Especially enjoyed the 'rounding up of the sheep' display from the large window!!

    Reviewed by ElizabethOct 2018

  • "Eight years in a row to this lovely place."

    Always get the wow factor walking up the stairs to the views of the farm. Always clean. The milk and cake is always appreciated after the journey to start are holiday. Our dogs love the freedom of the large garden and the walks in the area. Leanne has helped us out over the years,always with a smile. The 2 weeks go by too fast. We miss the sunrises and sunsets and just the peace from this beautiful hut. Thank you for another great holiday. Trudy Gary Robert Molly & Adam. The terriers Wilf and Bo send a big Woof.

    Reviewed by GarySep 2018

  • "Just got home from a fabulous week meeting up with family at Shepherd’s Hut."

    The location of the property on a working farm meant there was always something to watch from the stunning window upstairs in the lounge. Being set away from the road, it feels remarkably peaceful. We were amazed how they have fitted in such spacious accommodation on such a small footprint. The cottage was clean, comfortable and extremely well equipped. We enjoy baking whilst on holiday and the kitchen had everything we needed. We even purchased flour and rapeseed oil produced on the farm. (I’ve made bread from the flour on returning home and discovered what bread is supposed to taste like! Delicious!).The little extras waiting for us on arrival were a lovely touch. We would love to return.

    Reviewed by SueSep 2018

  • "The Shepherds Hut was brilliant."

    Lovely small personal touches which made our stay all the more relaxing and effortless! The hut was far enough away to get away from ‘it all’ but close enough to local town to be able to get any bits and pieces we needed! A really relaxing location and a well equipped house. We would definitely recommend. We loved it!

    Reviewed by IanAug 2018

  • "The cottage is incredibly well appointed."

    Small welcome touches upon arrival were also greatly appreciated. Very well situated and allows easy commutes to sights and experiences that are relatively close by. Would definitely and have recommended to friends.

    Reviewed by DietmarApr 2018

  • "We have stayed in some wonderful cottages with Sykes."

    The Shepherds Hut exceeds all the other cottages by far. The location was perfect for visiting all the Dorset sites. The facilities within the barn were outstanding. I cannot imagine we could have a found anything we needed that wasn't there already. We had snow during our 2 week stay and it was beautiful to look over the hills from the barn. The view from the huge windows is wonderful and so relaxing. We were not bothered by the manager of the holiday home unless we asked for help, then we were given all the help we needed. Perfect cottage and we would highly recommend The Shepherds Hut!

    Reviewed by LisaMar 2018

  • "Had a wonderful break at Shepherds Hut."

    Fantastic conversion, private and away from other buildings. Helpful but not intrusive hosts. The cottage had every single thing you could want for. 5 stars

    Reviewed by RachelMar 2018

  • "Mine and my girlfriend's stay here was phenomenal."

    An incredible location (very private as well), stylishly decorated and with all the things we needed already inside. I can't recommend Shepard's Hut highly enough. It made our first holiday together one that I'll always remember extremely fondly. Will definitely come again... just got to hope it's not already booked!

    Reviewed by CalebDec 2017

  • "This is an excellent accommodation, idea for visiting many of Dorset's attractions."

    Reviewed by DuncanDec 2017

  • "Fabulous - our 5th stay at Shepherds Hut and already booked our 6th - that speaks for itself."

    Its a hidden gem that we come back to year after year.

    Reviewed by SandraNov 2017

  • "Disappointed not to meet anyone at the property either owner or manager throughout the week"

    Reviewed by AnneJul 2017

  • "A perfect place to unwind with our young family and dog and well located for visiting the Jurassic coast."

    Many hours spent watching the lambs out of the window!

    Reviewed by NickFeb 2017

  • "Fantastic property, pictures didn't do it justice."

    Beautiful location and very homely. Would definitely stay again.

    Reviewed by SarahFeb 2017

  • "Shepherds hut was booked as a suprise for my husband's 60th birthday, he was overwhelmed when he saw the property, as was I & our daughter who was here from South Africa."

    We also had friends stay from friday - sunday. We had a brilliant week, weather was also very good for November, with some amazing places to visit. I would not hesitate to recommend the property & would live to come back one day.

    Reviewed by KarenNov 2016

  • "The cottage was very very clean."

    This was our third visit and we will be back again soon. Thankyou A Ede

    Reviewed by AdrianOct 2016

  • "A fabulous gem."

    We have been coming here the last 6 years. Perfect for us and our two dogs. Location very central to our trips out. The peace is just the tonic we need to help recharge our batteries! We met the cleaner this year. A lovely lady who enjoys her work and it shows. The Hut is spotlessly clean on arrival. I'm sure we will be back still so much to explore in Dorset. Thank you.

    Reviewed by GarySep 2016

  • "The pictures just don't do this cottage justice."

    The whole area is beautiful and everyone on the farm is really friendly. Absolutely loved it at the Shepherd's hut and can't wait to return

    Reviewed by KatherineAug 2016

  • "Great holiday - easy booking and lots of communication running up to holiday."

    Reviewed by KellyAug 2016

  • "Very well furnished and comfortable."

    Views were outstanding. Would recommend the walk from Lulworth to Mupe bay but it is important to check that the firing ranges are clear. You can do this online.

    Reviewed by BillAug 2016

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  • Three ground-floor bedrooms: 1 x king-size double with en-suite shower, basin and WC, 2 x twin
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, separate shower, basin and WC
  • First-floor open-plan living area with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Electric wall heaters with woodburning stove in sitting area
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, plasma TV with Freeview, DVD, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVDs
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for woodburning stove inc. in rent
  • Additional fuel for woodburning stove available to purchase from the owner
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair available on request
  • Ample off road parking
  • Lawned garden and patio to rear with furniture
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 2 miles, pub 0.8 miles
  • Note: This is a working farm; dogs to be kept on leads at all times

The property

Milborne St Andrew 2.1 miles.

Set in an idyllic, rural location, on a working dairy farm on the outskirts an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is this superb Winterborne, Whitechurch holiday cottage; Shepherd’s Hut.

Converted to an exceptionally high standard from a brick and flint period barn, this dwelling now stands to offer a wondrous base for a family or group of friends to explore this area of Dorset.

The cottage makes the most of the exceptional country views, by featuring an upside-down layout; on the first floor is an open-plan living area, boasting beamed and vaulted ceilings giving the room an authentic and rustic feel, as well as being flooded with light from the dramatic eaves window.

Home to a snug woodburning stove, this room is ideal to return to after a day of exploring the Dorset AONB.

Let dinner simmer in the well-appointed kitchen area as you unwind into the sofa with your favourite film on, stopping to enjoy your delicious dining experience around the wooden bench with your loved ones amidst.

When the evening draws to a close, retreat to the ground floor where you can choose from three equally as delectable bedrooms; with a king-size with its own en-suite shower room and two twins, this dwelling has been careful to cater for a variety of group needs, offering flexible sleeping arrangements for all.

Outside you will find your own gloriously green garden, where you can take a seat in the mornings to enjoy the rural farm views before stepping out on your own countryside adventure.

Indulge in a sumptuous pub meal in the local village of Winterborne Whitechurch to re-energise before heading into the lands of the outstanding natural beauty; here you will be greeted by ample walking routes, magnificent nature and unforgettable scenery, sure to be a wonderful day out for all the family.

Within reach is the town of Blanford Forum, where you can find a wide variety of shops and eateries, leisure facilities, its own museum and plenty more amenities to cater for all ages and tastes.

Shepherd’s Hut is a wondrous base for exploring the delights of Dorset with your loved ones.

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About the location


Puddletown 3.5 miles; Dorchester 8 miles.

The peaceful village of Milborne St Andrew, midway between Dorchester and the Georgian market town from Blandford Forum is on the side of the Winterbourne Valley in the Dorset Downs. The valley is named for the seasonal stream which runs from springs high up on the chalk downs, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, offering glorious walks and superb views. Langhams vineyard, 2 miles away, offers tours and tasting days.

Region Information

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
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